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Trekking the Cinque Terre coastal paths in 5 days

A trek through the Italy’s Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean coast. It one of the world’s most spectacular hiking destinations. A network of trails connects colorful pastel-colored villages with steep cliffs and deep coves.

On this unique trek from one village to the next, we stay in small hotels and guesthouses along the route. Experience the Cinque Terre in leisurely daily stages. Total days: 5. Trekking days: 4.

We can organise this for a group of 4 hikers or more. Please contact me for further details.

Next dates planned with partner travel agent: 14th – 18th October 2023


As the name suggests, Cinque Terre consists of five villages, around which the diverse interaction of nature and man has shaped the entire area into a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This unque trip goes from village to village, sleeping along the route.

Each village is breathtakingly beautiful and amazing in its own way. The environment has evolved over the years and we get to observe the unique human habitation and cultural heritage from a time when people’s lives and livelihoods had to adapt to the surrounding terrain and nature. The paths meander over the turquoise sea in green forests, through wine and olive plantations and on narrow paths and finally it descends into the villages on the stairs between the small houses.

Why Cinque Terre

  • Stunning sea views, rich green nature and an unique coastal culture with charming architecture
  • Easy to intermediate trails between charming villages
  • Slow travel, we walk from village to village
  • Fabulous Italian food, coffee and ice cream
  • Interesting local wines and olive oil, grown on the side of the paths


Day 1 – getting started

Meet in Portovenere or if you want, in La Spezia so we catch the bus or ferry together. If you arrie early in Portovenere we hike around the forts above the town, or just enjoy the pebble beach, watching the boats go by.

Dinner at Porto Venere for briefing and final check of our backpacks.

Day 2

Buy pack lunch in the morning and hike rugged coastal trail to Riomaggiore: The path begins along the fortified walls of Portovenere to make the “Path of Infinity” from Portovenere to Riomaggiore (via Campiglia and Telegrafo)
First we go up the most suggestive part of the route … a splendid cliff with a magnificent view of the sea with the ridge called “tramonti”, the climbing wall of “Muzzerone”
Then we arrive at the ancient Sanctuary of Montenero (15th century), a panoramic point on the Cinque Terre coast and an excellent place for a short stop.
In ideal weather conditions, you can see the islands of Elba, Capraia, Corsica, Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.

After a visit to the Riomaggiore beach, we walk to Manarolo

Day 3

Corniglia via Volastra.

We walk up steep vinyards into Volastra, where we visit a local viyard and their little museum. After wine tasting we eat our lunch and descend down to Corniglia.

Day 4

Corniglia to  Punta Palma (208 m) from where we follow the coastal trail to Vernazza. Longer alternative is to hike up to the two mountain sanctuaries and San Bernardino to Vernazza.

After snack lunch we continue on the coastal trail to Monterosso

Day 5

Trekking the coastal trail from Monterosso to Levanto.

Take the train or the leisurely coastal ferry back to La Spezia.

Options for Days 6 – 9

If you have entire week off why not take up one of these options:

Hiking the stunning Finale Ligure, the rugged outdoor capital of Italy on the Mediterranean coast.

Visit Pisa and Florece for culture, wine and food.

Tour the vinyards and mountains of Piemonte, the Italian Maritime Alps.

Your guide for the hike is Kirsti, who has been living and exploring Liguria for the past 11 years. Read more

What is included:

The guiding for the trip

Search and rescue insurance during the activity.

Overnight stay in shared twin rooms (or double on request)

Wine tasting in the vinyard visit

What is not included:

Your medical, activity or travel insurances.

Lunch, snacks or drinks or the dinners

Transport – we will coordinate the train / bus connection or car sharing.


Minimum 4 people to form a group, to be confirmed at latest 48h before the departure. If we need to cancel the day due to low numbers, we will issue a full refund or arrange for an alternative day if you prefer.

Normal rainy day is not grounds for cancellation, please remember to bring waterproof clothing if needed.

“I think it is my new favorite place ever!”

Beth, Ilkley

This trip is organised in collaboration with our Travel Agent partners, please contact me for further details at


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